Farmers’ Clubs Quisapincha (Equador)
Quisapincha is a comprehensive program to train about 2,250 small-scale farmers in sustainable agricultural practices and to equip these farmers with knowledge, which they can use to adjust to the ever-changing conditions. The project provides low cost sustainable solutions, technical assistance and exchange of collectively gained experiences, personal assistance and much more to help the farmers improve their production.
The main objective of the Farmers’ Clubs project is to improve the life quality of life for the small farmers. Each participant receives training in techniques that will improve production and lower production cost breeding as well as small animal husbandry. This project includes several components related to the organization of the farmers into clubs and promotion of sustainable community integration which result to food security and self-sufficiency. This includes actions such as the provision of tools and inputs to the farmers with technical assistance, production of organic fertilizer to enhance the soil and remove the role of the chemical fertilizer, increase and diversify the farmers’ production, processing and marketing of the farmers’ agricultural products such as chicken, pigs, sheep, tilapia as well as varieties of vegetables and fruits.
The main activities of the project are divided into organization of the Farmers’ Clubs and educating the farmers to increase their production and assist them to process and market their products for economic empowerment as well as building sustainable communities.